The usual day we make resolutions for ourselves is January first. I think today—Independence Day—may be even better. Here are my Independence Day resolutions…
o As Scoutmaster, I will train and guide the Scouts in my troop to lead themselves.
o As Scoutmaster, I will make sure the troop I serve has a Patrol Leaders Council and I will keep myself from speaking at their meetings.
o As Cubmaster, I will step back from running the entire pack.
o As Cubmaster, I will encourage all dens to participate in our pack meetings, even when that means I have to cancel the clown and the reptile folks and give the meeting to the dens and their Cubs.
o As Venturing Crew Advisor I will step way back as these capable teens plan, organize, and run their own program.
o As a Den Leader, I will treat the boys entrusted to me as if they were my own.
o As Committee Chair, I will recruit new blood and give them rein to manage their self-selected responsibilities.
o As Unit Commissioner, I will offer counsel and guide the volunteers of the units I serve to discover their own solutions to situations.
o As District Commissioner, I will recruit and personally train if need be the people who will provide counsel to our unit volunteers; I will support the Commissioners in my charge, counsel those who may go astray, and replace those not fitting this diplomatic role.
o As District Chair, I will assure a complete complement of district-level volunteers who have chosen and know their responsibilities, and I will step aside so that they can carry them out.
o As a District-level volunteer, I will support my district and council in achieving its goals and I will not engage in or permit disparagement of my district, my council, or the BSA.
o As a council-level volunteer, I will support all efforts of our districts in whatever ways I’m able.
o As Council President, I will engender and contribute to goodwill and forward-thinking throughout our executive board and council committee.
o As a Scout parent, I will support my son’s interests and never demand that he choose between Scouting and other natural activities. I will study the Scouting program and insist that the volunteers to whom I’ve entrusted my son provide a complete and correct Scouting program.
Have a question? Facing a dilemma? Wondering where to find a BSA policy or guideline? Write to email@example.com. Please include your name and council. (If you’d prefer to be anonymous, if published, let me know and that’s what we’ll do.)
[No. 319 – 7/4/2012 – Copyright © Andy McCommish 2012]